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  • Taigu
    Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
    • Aug 2008
    • 2710

    the dream

    In not-a-single-thing lies an inexhaustible treasure:
    you ll find flowers, the moon and even a pagoda.


    Ku zoku ze shiki...

    The more expectations you have, the more limited and restricted your universe becomes. It shrinks to fit the goal you have given yourself. Drop expectations in this mushotoku gesture, dropping end gaining and ideas of profit, and suddenly you are met by reality itself. Who gets in the way? Who prevents you for seeing directly and intimately? This real thing you meet, where is it? Where does it come from?

    In Japan, the kanji dream, yume 夢, is often used and cherished by Zen teachers. Of course, it refers to the dreamy quality of our existence, to the fleeting and beautifully changing thing we call life, but it also celebrates the fact that you will meet what you have dreamt. The dream gives birth to what comes to you. You, in the dream within the dream, are actively producing what is around you. To wake up is not necessarily to wake up from the dream, far from it, to wake up is to clearly see that dream and reality are not two. Dogen writes deeply about this. And you may start now to experience it deeply.

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    gassho


    Taigu

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    Last edited by Jundo; 07-01-2012, 12:56 AM.
  • mrsedwards
    Member
    • Dec 2011
    • 33

    #2
    Re: the dream

    Thank you for this.
    Gassho,
    Angela

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    • tedmac
      Member
      • Jun 2010
      • 89

      #3
      Re: the dream

      Lego on the floor
      As I sleepwalk in the night;
      Awake this instant!

      -Untei

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      • Omoi Otoshi
        Member
        • Dec 2010
        • 801

        #4
        the dream

        When dream and reality are seen as not two, are we still dreaming? Or are we just creating our own lives, dancing with the flow of emptiness?

        Thanks Taigu,
        Pontus

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        In a spring outside time, flowers bloom on a withered tree;
        you ride a jade elephant backwards, chasing the winged dragon-deer;
        now as you hide far beyond innumerable peaks--
        the white moon, a cool breeze, the dawn of a fortunate day

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        • Omoi Otoshi
          Member
          • Dec 2010
          • 801

          #5
          the dream

          I was reminded of this poem by Edgar Allan Poe, which to me is about dukkha, clinging, impermanence and realization:


          A Dream Within A Dream

          Take this kiss upon the brow!
          And, in parting from you now,
          Thus much let me avow-
          You are not wrong, who deem
          That my days have been a dream;
          Yet if hope has flown away
          In a night, or in a day,
          In a vision, or in none,
          Is it therefore the less gone?
          All that we see or seem
          Is but a dream within a dream.

          I stand amid the roar
          Of a surf-tormented shore,
          And I hold within my hand
          Grains of the golden sand-
          How few! yet how they creep
          Through my fingers to the deep,
          While I weep- while I weep!
          O God! can I not grasp
          Them with a tighter clasp?
          O God! can I not save
          One from the pitiless wave?
          Is all that we see or seem
          But a dream within a dream?
          In a spring outside time, flowers bloom on a withered tree;
          you ride a jade elephant backwards, chasing the winged dragon-deer;
          now as you hide far beyond innumerable peaks--
          the white moon, a cool breeze, the dawn of a fortunate day

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          • Jinyo
            Member
            • Jan 2012
            • 1957

            #6
            Re: the dream

            This morning I can not 'wake'. Dukkha. No need to elaborate - nothing of great significance - merely dukkha.

            It is a beautiful day - if I could grasp 'no-self' my mind would simply be in the sunshine, clear sky, spring flowers blooming.
            This feels like a failure - no equanimity - not because I can't banish the blues - but because I'm struggling to hold the blues and the
            beautiful day together. My mind is not the mind 'without walls' as expressed in the heart sutra.

            I'm thinking is equinimity a process - or a state of mind? Is it a mistake to try and place equinimity in 'time'? I know if I sit I'll be able
            to grasp it - for a few fleeting moments. It's like the ground beneath our feet and the sky above our heads, - not consciously thought
            about but always there.

            Yesterday my little granddaughter bought her teddy with her - I have one exactly the same that my daughter gave me . I said 'Wow - we have twin teddy bears - how will we tell them apart?

            Later - she ran in from the garden 'Look grandma - I've found a white feather - I've put it in my teddy's scarf - now we can tell them apart!'

            Recalling this has got me thinking about self, no-self. Sometimes they seem the same - so hard to tell them apart. But a subtle difference - the white feather.

            Equanimity doesn't really mean to be free of pain - this isn't emptiness. When I feel pain I very soon start to empathize with the pain of others - as long as I don't
            get lost in my egoic sense of pain. That's when I think the teddy without the white feather is the same as the one with the feather :roll:

            In 'no-self' I also embrace my 'self' (nothing wrong with that - denial of pain is not good) - but also (AND MOST IMPORTANTLY) all the other selves that inhabit this one precious dream. Inter-be.

            Because life is precious.

            I feel better for writing this - it's a beautiful day out there.

            Thankyou Treeleaf.

            Gassho

            Willow

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            • disastermouse

              #7
              Re: the dream

              Dukkha.
              So rarely what's there.
              So frequently what's added.
              Knife of mind trying to cut and parcel flowing water,
              Cuts itself instead.

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              • Rich
                Member
                • Apr 2009
                • 2600

                #8
                Re: the dream

                "to wake up is to clearly see that dream and reality are not two"

                thanks, Taigu
                _/_
                Rich
                MUHYO
                無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

                https://instagram.com/notmovingmind

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                • Omoi Otoshi
                  Member
                  • Dec 2010
                  • 801

                  #9
                  the dream

                  Thank you for your lovely post Willow!

                  /Pontus
                  In a spring outside time, flowers bloom on a withered tree;
                  you ride a jade elephant backwards, chasing the winged dragon-deer;
                  now as you hide far beyond innumerable peaks--
                  the white moon, a cool breeze, the dawn of a fortunate day

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                  • JamesVB
                    Member
                    • Mar 2009
                    • 79

                    #10
                    Re: the dream

                    Thank you!
                    _/|\_
                    Genmyo

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                    • Heisoku
                      Member
                      • Jun 2010
                      • 1338

                      #11
                      Re: the dream

                      Who prevents you for seeing directly and intimately?
                      Who else but!

                      Thank you Taigu.
                      Heisoku 平 息
                      Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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                      • Shokai
                        Treeleaf Priest
                        • Mar 2009
                        • 6391

                        #12
                        Re: the dream

                        You are what you think. With your thoughts you make the world !!

                        ...
                        The dream gives birth to what comes to you. You, in the dream within the dream, are actively producing what is around you. To wake up is not necessarily to wake up from the dream, far from it, to wake up is to clearly see that dream and reality are not two.
                        Thank you Taigu 8)
                        合掌,生開
                        gassho, Shokai

                        仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

                        "Open to life in a benevolent way"

                        https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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                        • Jinyo
                          Member
                          • Jan 2012
                          • 1957

                          #13
                          Re: the dream

                          I've been thinking a bit more about 'the dream'.

                          'the dream gives birth to what comes to you'

                          the question - 'who gets in the way?'

                          In this world of inter-be one persons Kanji dream meets another - over and over.
                          What if one person's dream is another persons nightmare?

                          Do we always make what comes to us? Is it necessarily the self that gets in the way?

                          This is where I run into trouble - I can't always accept the assumptions
                          that are alligned with Buddhist thought. Something feels out of kilter :?

                          Do we always make what comes to us? ...............I'm not sure that we do, or that we always have free
                          will over our responses?

                          .....but I wish it were so.

                          Gassho

                          Willow

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                          • Myoku
                            Member
                            • Jul 2010
                            • 1487

                            #14
                            Re: the dream

                            Originally posted by Shokai
                            Love this one .. its so "real"
                            _()_
                            Myoku

                            ps.: Is that you ? :-)

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                            • murasaki
                              Member
                              • Mar 2009
                              • 473

                              #15
                              Re: the dream

                              Alice asked, "Which dreamed it?" If I recall correctly she meant the Red Queen or the White Queen. It didn't matter...Alice was there, not-separate. Everyone was there, no separate beings to have separate dreams. Every kind of dream has dukkha in it even if it's just that moment when you wake up out of it and it's gone.

                              This is where it gets too deep for me, so I wander around the edge dipping my toes in gingerly and don't go any further.

                              Gassho
                              Julia
                              "The Girl Dragon Demon", the random Buddhist name generator calls me....you have been warned.

                              Feed your good wolf.

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